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12 Things Missing From Most School-Based Puberty Curriculums

Uncategorized Mar 15, 2021

Do you remember the school-based puberty talk you received in elementary school?  I do.  I can still see the cover of the pamphlet we received called “Julie’s Story.” I remember the girls and boys were separated and when we came back together (I vividly remember we made our reunion in Art Class) all the girls had to strategically hide our bag of sample pads and tampons from the boys.  And we’ve been hiding ever since.  There’s not a woman...

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Diastasis Recti Abdominus (DRA) / Core Restore by Pilates By Carrie

Don’t you DARE start a new exercise program in 2021 without reading this first!!! 

Our inner core is like a house comprised of a roof (diaphragm), front door (deep abdominals), foundation (pelvic floor), and back door (lumbar multifidus).  Most of us have “houses” that are currently FIXER UPPER projects. 

I would never ask a house with a roof that was caving in or a floor that was leaking to withstand a storm, just as we should NOT expect our bodies to...

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Prenatal Pilates by Pilates by Carrie

If you are pregnant, especially in this new landscape where staying healthy and safe is even more important, then you need to start thinking about how to strengthen your body (and mind!) from home. 

If I was training an athlete for a triathlon, I would look at the demands of each of the three events and then work backward to design a training program that would make my athlete prepared for anything. 

Birth is no different. 

It’s an event, and one of the most demanding...

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Postnatal Pilates by Pilates by Carrie

I’ll never forget giving birth to my first baby and taking a bath sometime that first week. 

I poked and prodded and pushed my new belly around in the water wondering if I would ever get my old body “back”.  I remember feeling disconnected, un-tethered, and weak. 

As I slowly re-introduced exercise, I felt different, and I quickly realized that I couldn’t just jump back into my old, familiar exercise routine.  I felt like my 6-week postpartum...

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Period Product Musings

menstruation Dec 29, 2020

Even though I’ve been traveling down the period products aisle at grocery stores for the last, oh, 31 years, I still sometimes get turned around. 

Maybe this has happened to you before too. 

You meant to buy a regular pack of pads with wings but when you open it up you discover they’re actually 3 feet long and tickle your belly button or crawl up the small of your back when you stick them in your undies.  You look at that *unhelpful* outline on the package...

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Delivery Day Fears

I’ve been working with pregnant women for over 10 years. 

In my Prenatal Pilates class we start each class with a theme or educational topic. 

During our last class, once we’ve had a chance to get to know one another and let our guard down, the women take turns going around the room and sharing the fears they have approaching their delivery. 

I’ve heard literally hundreds of women bear their souls about what has them shaking in their maternity stockings. ...

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A Letter From Your 55 Year Old Self

self-care Aug 18, 2020

Hey Beautiful, Younger Version of Me,
Let me start out by saying what a fabulous job you’re doing overall.  If I remember correctly, my younger self craved praise and held the opinions of others in high regard.  I’m happy to report that with each passing year, you will become less concerned about what others think, especially in regards to yours truly!  But there are a few things I want you to know, changes you can make, to help us age gracefully and without regret...

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A Letter from Your Vulva

self-care vaginal health Aug 18, 2020

Dear Owner,

Hello up there from down here.  I was hoping we might have a few words.  You don’t look at me as much as I would like and I feel I have been mis-treated.  In case you haven’t noticed, I am beautiful.  And unique.  See, no two vulvas are exactly alike; we’re like fingerprints and we’re very proud of our individuality.  We don’t like it when you compare us to other vulvas.  Some vulvas have outer lips that completely...

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Why isn’t my stomach flat after pregnancy?

This is one of the most-asked questions I get as a Women’s Health PT and Postnatal Pilates Specialist.  It’s a question I vividly remember asking myself one week after the birth of my first child, when my once flat stomach bubbled up to the surface of the water as I attempted to relax in the tub.  I poked at this flabby skin pouch with a mixture of confusion and fascination.  The body I had once known and had grown to love over the first 28 years of my life...

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Why Being Pregnant Puts You at Increased Risk for Abdominal Muscle Separation

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus, or DRA for those of us short on time(!), is an abnormal separation of the left and right rectus abdominus muscles and can happen in babies, athletes, men, and women!  Having a history of being pregnant (no matter the method of delivery) can put you at increased risk for this condition for several reasons. 

Excessive amounts of force on the linea alba (connective tissue between the rectus muscles)

The abdominal region is the only area where you’ll...

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